WASHINGTON D.C. – Should people have to tell census takers their nationality?
That question is being debated across the country this week after the Trump Administration announced it was including just such a question on the 2020 census. The citizenship question has been excluded from the census since 1950.
The California Attorney General has already filed suit questioning its constitutionality.
Senator Angus King, I-Maine, said “The concern is that it can scare people. And we end up not getting an accurate count. The census is about counting. That’s it. It shouldn’t be about policy or identifying people for some other purpose.”
The Justice Department requested the question to better enforce the voting rights act.
Now New York’s attorney general plans to lead a coalition of states to as he said, “Preserve a fair and accurate census.”